Overview of the Restricted Nationalities Lists of Citizenship by Investment Programs

Many of the world’s citizenship by investment programs (CIPs) impose restrictions on the countries and territories from which they accept applications. We’ve compiled an overview. Citizens of a country (and, in some cases, territories, such as Chechnya) are either eligible, ineligible, or partly eligible to apply for a citizenship program; While some programs impose blanket

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Bayat: CIPs’ Blanket Bans on Iranians are Draconian and Bad for Business

This article was contributed by Sam Bayat, head of Bayat Legal Services. Saint Lucia will no longer accept citizenship by investment applications from Iranian citizens residing in Iran – or elsewhere – ostensibly because background information cannot be reliably verified in Iran and because the banks will not facilitate the transaction. There is, however, more

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Iranians no Longer Eligible for Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Program

The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) of Saint Lucia has informed authorized agents that nationals of Iran will no longer be able to apply to the country’s citizenship by investment program (CIP). The decision, it appears, was not one made by the CIU itself but rather by third-party service providers, without whose cooperation the normal

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